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We have years of experience representing the innocent. We stand up to the prosecution who will always be represented by an experienced Solicitor or Barrister. We know how to fight and win cases and can help you in a number of different circumstances if you need legal representation.

Our experienced Crime Solicitors regularly represent a wide range of clients at police stations and in court. We’re here to help you. 

Hodge Jones & Allen_Chambers 2023_pngOur Crime team have been ranked in the Chambers & Partners 2024 legal directory. The team was described as “extremely strong in terms of criminal defence and particularly protest cases” and were praised for their “dedication to clients”.

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“Hodge Jones & Allen are possibly the best firm of criminal solicitors conducting publicly funded work, and also offer an excellent service to privately funded clients. They have a large team that has continually prospered through recruiting excellent trainees and investing in people.” – Legal 500, 2024

 

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    Where Can We Represent You?

    At The Police Station

    You are always entitled to free legal advice and representation if the police are going to interview under caution, or you have been arrested.

    At The Magistrate’s Court

    Our crime solicitors regularly represent clients in the Magistrates’ Court which deals with the vast majority of criminal cases. All cases will start with a Magistrate and a large majority will be concluded in this court.

    There are certain offences that can only be dealt with by a lay magistrate or a district judge and these are known as ‘summary only’ cases. These include most motoring offences.

    At The Crown Court

    The Crown Court will deal with more serious offences for example robbery, murder, serious assaults and rape. All Crown Court cases will start in the Magistrate’s Court.

    "VERY POLITE, PROFESSIONAL AND EXCELLENT ADVICE AND SERVICE. MADE ME FULLY AWARE OF MY LEGAL RIGHTS AND HOW TO CONDUCT MYSELF IN THE INTERVIEW."

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    Legal Aid

    To gain free representation, we will need to make an application to the Legal Aid Agency, which include two tests:

    Interests Of Justice Test

    With this test the LAA will take into account a number of factors, for example the seriousness of the allegation or if a complicated point of law is involved. Our experienced Lawyers can usually tell you straight away whether your case is likely to pass this test.

    Legal aid is rarely granted for motoring cases but there are exceptions. Call our team for further advice.

    Financial Means Test

    The LAA will also assess your income and expenditure to see whether you are eligible. We can carry out this assessment for you.

    Private Representation

    Don’t worry if you’re not entitled to legal aid – one of our Solicitors will represent you privately. Call our Solicitors and we will agree a fee with you. They are reasonable and we will agree with you, in advance. We promise there are no hidden extras.

    Under 18s

    You will not have to pay towards costs if you are under 18 when you make your application or, if you are receiving benefits – income-based jobseekers allowance, income support and other allowances.

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    Why Choose Hodge Jones & Allen?

    We have years of experience in supporting people like you in a range of different circumstances.

    Our expert Lawyers have the knowledge to help you every step of the way when it comes to defending an alleged criminal offence. We know what to do to win cases and can help you to rebuild your life.

    Call our specialist crime team now on
    0330 822 3451
    or request a call back.

     

    Our crime solicitors are available 24/7. If you need to contact them urgently outside of the normal working hours, please call 0808 274 8226 instead.

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